Arab Police investigate inmate death


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ARAB, Ala. — Arab Police are investigating the death of a city jail inmate that occurred at the hospital overnight.

Assistant Police Chief Dusty Vaughn identified Zendell Ellis King, Jr., 37, as the inmate who died.

Arab police said King was arrested just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday near 542 North Brindlee Mountain Pkwy. According to police, multiple people called to report a man in the median who appeared to be intoxicated crawling and yelling in the median. Officers said King was attempting to “swim” in the ditch.

Medical teams were called to the scene to treat King, who was then arrested for public intoxication and taken to jail, police said. Vaughn said the observation cell is an area of the jail where highly intoxicated or combative individuals are placed and monitored with cameras.

Around 2 a.m., police said an officer doing a routine check noticed King’s breathing was shallow. The officer called for medical personnel, and he was taken to Marshall Medical Center North where he was pronounced dead.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating.

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